Wednesday morning briefing: A dedication, sharing history and seaweed ice cream

Good morning and welcome to the Wednesday briefing. Dedication set Ready for the unveiling? The Clovis Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, in partnership with the Clovis Curry County Chamber of Commerce will unveil a Coretta Scott King Memorial Bronze Plaque 11 a.m. Friday at Potter Park,. It’s open to the public. Sharing Brenda Crocker [...]

Our communities ready to help

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Portales resident Jennifer Neilson, who volunteers at The King’s Children’s Home (KCH) in Belize, recently invited me to a KCH fundraiser ($35,000 and counting) at the packed Underground Embassy in Clovis. Resident artist Andrew Jonathan Merritt’s warning sign amused me: “Unless you are the second coming of Christ, keep your hands off the art.” After [...]

About 300 march in Martin Luther King Jr. parade

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Jimmy Gallegos, left, and Richard Vela of Nick Griego and Sons Construction unveil a monument to Coretta Scott King on Monday at Potter Park at the beginning of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade. The monument includes a photo of Coretta Scott King, but event organizers said a plaque [...]

Monday morning briefing: MLK Day, perfect fruit pies and prohibition

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. MLK Day There are celebrations and commemorations galore today to mark Martin Luther King Day. In Clovis, the annual walk to commemorate King’s march from Selma to Montgomery gets started at 9 a.m. in Potter Park. In Portales, a similar march starts at 10 [...]

Martin Luther King Day parade set for Monday

Benna Sayyed The Clovis Martin Luther King Jr. Commission annual Martin Luther King Day parade starts 9 a.m. Monday at Potter Park, emulating King’s civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery Alabama. The first stop will be at Lincoln-Jackson Elementary, where the commission will stage a short program and offer refreshments. The next stop will [...]

Thursday morning briefing: Scholarships, a relay and a Ford on ice

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. King scholarships The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. scholarship breakfast is 9 a.m. Saturday at the Clovis High School Cafeteria. Cost is $10 for adults and $6 for ages 12 and under. Tickets are at the Clovis Curry County Chamber of Commerce and [...]

Officials lunch with African royalty

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell City councilors Dianne Parker, left, and Keith Thomas listen to African kings Nzamane and Mukuni talk about their culture Wednesday afternoon. The kings told Portales officials that the Zambian culture is similar to that of New Mexico, which is the reason for their interest in the state. Alisa Boswell Portales [...]

Clovis hires basketball coach (Updated)

Kevin Wilson After a month of searching, Clovis High School has a new basketball coach. Matt King, who coached last season at Los Alamos, is planning a 5:30 p.m. Thursday meet-and-greet at Rock Staubus Gymnasium for players and parents from seventh grade and higher. He replaces J.D. Isler, who left earlier this month to take [...]

Obama exceeds executive power declaring war

Freedom New Mexico In olden days in foreign lands, the king only had to say, “Attack!” and the nation went to war, for whatever reason he desired. President Barack Obama’s military engagement in Libya’s ongoing war looks more like royal sovereignty than American constitutional government. Our founders constitutionally curbed executive power, requiring presidents to first [...]